Christian Delmas

Head of Airbus Maintenance Training MTO, Airbus Training Services

• Engineering degree in Mechanics and Master degree in propulsion systems.
•27 years of experience in Airbus Customer Support, Supportability Engineering and as Head of Airbus Maintenance Programme Engineering.
• Head of Airbus Maintenance Training MTO since October 2015.
• For 30 years, lecturer at different French schools and Universities as well as 10 years at the Civil Aviation University of China (Tianjin) on Powerplant Maintainability, Supportability Engineering and Scheduled Maintenance (Maintenance Programs and Planning).
• Organisation of and speaker at various Scheduled Maintenance and Maintenance Training Regional Seminars since 2002.
• Contribution to scheduled maintenance and maintenance training rule making and standardization activities with various National Aviation Authorities (EASA, FAA, CAAC, CAAS) as member of the Maintenance Program Industry Group (MPIG) and European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee (EAMTC).

Aircraft Mechanics – The Challenge for Operators, MROs and Training Centres

Although modern aircraft require less maintenance than the previous generation, different analysis and forecasts both agree to conclude that the need for aircraft Mechanics and Technicians in the next 15 years is huge. This, combined with new aircraft on-board and ground technology, will generate the need for new mechanics skills and competences in order to secure safe maintenance operations and ensure maximum aircraft availability at minimum costs.

Finally yet importantly, aircraft maintenance mechanics or technician careers remain much less attractive than others, although the learning path that begins in the education system of each country is long and sometimes expensive.

This presentation aims at addressing how operators, MROs and Training Centres will be exposed to the skilled aircraft mechanics sourcing and retention challenge in the years to come.